Minchin waltzes home

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Stage - Tanya MacNaughton

SWAN­BOURNE-raised Tim Minchin de­scribes his ca­reer as be­ing in­cre­men­tal, where he only ever had the con­fi­dence to take the next step once hav­ing ev­i­dence he was OK at the last step.

The mind bog­gles as to where this no­tion will take Minchin fol­low­ing his in­cred­i­ble suc­cess writ­ing the mu­sic and lyrics for Matilda the Mu­si­cal.

Minchin was in his home­town last week to launch the Perth sea­son of the hit pro­duc­tion at Crown The­atre Perth from Fe­bru­ary 2017, fol­low­ing a seven-month sea­son in Sydney and nine-month run in Mel­bourne.

The Aus­tralian ver­sion comes af­ter tri­umph on the West End and Broad­way.

“It’s a gor­geous feel­ing bring­ing Matilda to Perth,” Minchin said.

“We opened in Eng­land and New York which both went re­ally well, but you got a sense the au­di­ence weren’t on top of all the jokes with the sense of hu­mour and dark­ness.

“I just think Perth is go­ing to love it and I know it will go re­ally well; any ex­cuse to come home for a bit.

“I have lots of fam­ily and friends who have flown to see this show but there are lots who haven’t or haven’t been able to take their kids to it.

“And Matthew Pavlich; I mean I don’t know him very well but he might come and bring his kids and then Pavlich will have seen my show. That’s like God com­ing to my show.”

Based on Roald Dahl’s pop­u­lar novel, Matilda the Mu­si­cal is di­rected by Matthew Warchus with a book by play­wright Den­nis Kelly.

“Com­plex­ity can ob­scure mean­ing but work­ing with some­one like Den­nis, with a text like Dahl’s, it can make it sparkly,” he said. “I’m a puzzle maker and the art of mak­ing lyrics feels as much like a sci­ence to me as any, not that I’m fol­low­ing a rule at all, but it feels like a sudoku that clicks into place if you spend enough time on it.

“There’s no such thing as a per­fect lyric but there is a sense that you haven’t wasted a syl­la­ble; the pur­suit of a verse or a cho­rus that doesn’t waste any­thing feels ex­act in a way to me.”

Tim Minchin in Perth to launch Matilda the Mu­si­cal.

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